Maitland City Talk

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Happy New Year! The city always has an array of events and activities in Maitland, and this year is no exception. In January, February and March there is something available for almost everyone in the family, so please grab your calendar, make some notes and have a great new year in Maitland.

JANUARY - Pookie’s Winter Rescue Fest – In its sixth year, Pookie’s Rescue Fest, held on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Lily Park, has become a favorite event here in Maitland. Presented by the Urban Pet Project, this event has something for the whole family, including Fido! With more than 100 rescue groups and vendors featuring everything from specialty dog collars to gourmet treats, Pookie’s is featuring raffles throughout the day, pet education, a kid’s zone and food trucks!

FEBRUARY - Movie in the Park – The continuing series of family Movies in the Park presented by the city of Maitland Leisure Services Department will feature “Despicable Me 2” on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Quinn Strong Park located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. Join us while Gru, the ex-supervillain, is adjusting to family life and attempting to make an honest living in the jam business, just as a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League decides it needs an insider's help and recruits Gru in the investigation. Together with the eccentric AVL agent, Lucy Wilde, Gru concludes that his prime suspect is the presumed-dead supervillain, El Macho, whose teenage son is also making the moves on his eldest daughter, Margo. Seemingly blinded by his overprotectiveness of his children and his growing mutual attraction to Lucy, Gru seems on the wrong track even as his minions are being quietly kidnapped en masse for some malevolent purpose. Bring your chairs and blankets and we will bring you the stars (and free popcorn)!

MARCH – Movie in the Park – Presented by the city of Maitland Leisure Services Department, March’s event will feature “Monsters University” on March 1 at 7 p.m. in Quinn Strong Park located at 345 S. Maitland Ave. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends! Bring your chairs and blankets and we will be you the stars (and free popcorn)!

The city of Maitland Farmers Market – This weekly shopping and strolling opportunity to meet friends and neighbors is hosted each week on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the shores of beautiful Lake Lily Park. The Farmers Market will be closed on April 13 for the Maitland Chamber Arts Festival and April 20 for the Easter holiday.

We encourage you to visit our events and markets in Maitland and to visit the websites of the Maitland Public Library ( the Performing Arts of Maitland (, and the Art & History Museums - Maitland at ( to discover an exciting world of activities and events that everyone can enjoy.

For more information about these and other upcoming events, contact the city of Maitland Leisure Services Department Community Events office at 407-539-6268. The schedules included in this story may change from time to time, so please check back at for updates.